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Preview: Chariho boys’ tennis


Head coach:

Ryan Rafanelli (1st season).

Assistant coach:

Kate Bucci.

Last year:

The Chargers posted an 8-5 record in Division II Suburban-A and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year, losing in the first round to No. 4 Middletown.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Will Masse (captain), Nick Wollenberg (captain).

Juniors:

Jason Darmanin, Nick Lecours, Chandler Scott.

Sophomores:

Riley Masse.

New to varsity:

Senior:

Dustin Tougas.

Junior:

Joe Westerberg.

Sophomores:

Orion Ford, Gabriel Petrucci.

Freshmen:

Christopher Alexander.

Outlook:

The Chargers return quite a bit of experience in Will Masse, Wollenberg and Darmanin as well as the No. 1 doubles team of Lecours and Scott.

Masse went 7-9 a year ago with all of the matches coming in the No. 1 singles spot. He was named first team All-League and made the open state tournament via the D-II qualifier. Rafanelli said Masse is at the head of the pack right now and will lead the Chariho team.

Wollenberg went 5-7 last season primarily at No. 3 and is battling Darmanin for the second singles spot. Rafanelli said Wollenberg led for the second spot with one more challenge match before the opener. Darmanin posted a 13-1 record last season, playing mostly in the No. 4 singles role.

Scott and Lecours return for their second season paired together as the No. 1 Chariho doubles team. The duo posted a 10-5 record last season. Rafanelli likes the pair as a doubles team and says either can fill in as a singles player if need-be.

Westerberg is out for the team for the first time and Rafanelli has been impressed with his potential. The coach says he’s a powerful player who can be a player in the fourth singles spot.

Riley Masse who played two singles matches and three doubles contests last season, is the most experienced player in the final two doubles pairings.

The Chargers will play in the seven-team Division II Suburban-A for the second straight year. Mount St. Charles, the defending D-II champ, plays in Suburban B.

Coach’s take:

“I think our strength lies between numbers one and eight. I would say we are a strong all-around team. I think we can at least repeat what we did last year. The goal is always to make the kids the best they can be and they know that winning can be a great thing. I hope to do just as good, if not better, than last year.”



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